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Worldwide Ride of Silence raises awareness for cyclist safety

Cyclists from all over the area will be in Greenville at Bicycle Post on Cotanche Street. They will participate starting at 6 p.m. in a ride to honor fellow cyclists killed or injured on roadways. (Stephanie Brown, NewsChannel 12 photo)

You might be sharing the road with more than 100 cyclists on your way home from work Wednesday.

Cyclists from all over the area will be in Greenville at Bicycle Post on Cotanche Street. They will participate starting at 6 p.m. in a ride to honor fellow cyclists killed or injured on roadways.

The ride is free and Greenville Police will help with escorting riders. One of the event organizers, Steven Hardy-Braz, said he hopes it'll bring awareness to drivers sharing the road with cyclists, who are growing in number as cycling grows in popularity.

"As gas prices are going up, as the younger generation is choosing not to own cars, I think you're seeing more people out there seeing the health benefits. And so I think we all need to be more aware of that," Hardy-Braz said.

No roads will be blocked off but do expect to see slower traffic as the riders travel through Uptown and down Charles, Firetower and Evans streets. The ride is also partnering with Lime Bike, which is offering free bicycle rides to anyone who wants to ride in the event.

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